Welcome to IJAN
An Open Letter Regarding
The 2010 U.S. Assembly of Jews: Confronting Racism & Israeli Apartheid
Thursday, June 03, 2010 Detroit, Michigan
In less than a month, people from across the United States and beyond will be gathering at the 2010 U.S. Assembly of Jews: Confronting Racism and Israeli Apartheid (the "Assembly"). The Assembly is an historic event intended to build relationships, political clarity and Jewish anti-Zionist organizing and activism. It takes place at a time when recognition of the brutal nature of the State of Israel is growing, and increasing numbers of people are compelled to challenge its impunity. To date, the Assembly has over forty endorsers, anticipates two hundred participants, and has gained the interest of Palestinian, Palestinian solidarity and anti-racist movements in the United States, as well as the attention of mainstream Jewish media.
Given the stated purposes of the Assembly, we are expecting challenges to be leveled against it. IJAN, the main organizer of the Assembly, is already receiving criticism based on inaccurate assumptions or apparently different political goals. With this momentous event upon us, we would like to take a moment to make clear the principles, positions and goals of the Assembly and help correct or prevent misconceptions.(read more...)
Free Gaza, Respect International Waters
Monday, May 31, 2010
We are humbled and inspired by the commitment and the sacrifice of the people on board these ships. One of the boats in the convoy was named after Rachel Corrie, murdered by an Israeli bulldozer driver while obstructing the demolition of a Palestinian house in Rafah seven years ago. This boat reminds us all that the courage and perseverance of the ships sailing to Gaza follows in an international tradition of total civic engagement and ethical commitment that echoes and responds to the perseverance and courage of a century of Palestinian resistance to ethnic cleansing and colonialism.
This attack on ships carrying 10,000 tons of humanitarian aid, including educational supplies, medical supplies and construction material, is international high seas piracy. We call on all governments to end Israel's impunity, enforce international law and hold Israel accountable for its recurrent violations. Furthermore, this act of piracy was carried out in pursuit of maintaining a siege on Gaza, imposed by Israel with participation of the Egyptian government and US backing, a siege that is itself a crime against humanity. This criminal siege is deepening a terrible humanitarian crisis, with mass unemployment, extreme poverty and food insecurity affecting over a million and a half people, most of whom are refugees from the ethnic cleansing of Palestine in 1948, who are now locked in the world's largest concentration camp. Palestinians in Gaza are prevented from rebuilding their houses destroyed by Israel in the massacre of 2009, and forbidden to import stuff such as toys and chocolate as punishment for having democratically elected a government that refused to collaborate with the occupation. (read more...)
UC Divestment Bill Gains International Jewish Support
Monday, April 26, 2010 Berkeley, California
To The Associated Students of the University of California, Berkeley,
Throughout US history, campuses and students have been central to movements for justice. The ASUC vote for divestment from United Technologies and General Electric, two companies that directly benefit from Israel's well-documented war crimes in Palestine, was a moving example of the critical role that students play in standing against injustice.
The International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network (IJAN) proudly adds its voice to the growing chorus of international support for the UC Berkeley students who are working to overturn the veto of the divestment bill.
Never Again For Anyone
Tour Moves from UK and Ireland to Continental Europe
Friday, February 05, 2010
IJAN and the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign just completed a ten-day, nine-city "Never Again for Anyone" tour in England, Scotland and Ireland with Hajo Meyer, an 85-year old survivor of Auschwitz, and with Haidar Eid, from Gaza via video and telephone. The tour reached over 1200 people with most events attended by 100-150 people. Eid and Meyer received a standing ovation at each.
On January 27th, Holocaust Memorial Day, the event was held at the House of Commons in London with two Members of Parliament chairing. In addition to Eid and Meyer, there was testimony given by representatives from nine different communities impacted by genocide and ethnic cleansing-from the Roma and Armenian communities to the Sri Lankan resistance movement to those organizing for disability rights and for reparations for the African slave trade in the UK.
The tour now continues on to continental Europe with events planned for Paris, Lyon, Strausberg, Vienna, Geneva and possibly Berlin.
In Contempt: Zionism and McCarthyism in Canada
by Naomi Binder Wall
Thursday, February 04, 2010 Toronto, Ontario, Canada
“In Contempt: Zionism and McCarthyism in Canada” is available in the Canadian Arab Federation (CAF) Weekly Newsletter, January 26, 2010. CAF is the national organization representing Canadians of Arab origin. (read more...)
Dr. Hajo Meyer and Dr. Haidar Eid are on tour NOW in the UK and Ireland
Organized by the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign & IJAN
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
On January 27, Holocaust Remembrance Day, leading politicians from the U.S. and Europe will join in honoring the memory ofJews killed in the Nazi genocide. Yet the immensity of that tragedy is dishonored by the hypocrisy of the ceremonies: those who pay homage to the victims of yesterday's silence are silent about today's inhumanity. We say, "Never again!" For anyone. Never again for the people of Gaza. Never again for all those struggling against dehumanization, racism andgenocide everywhere, every day.(read more...)
IJAN Participates in Gaza Solidarity Activities in Cairo
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
IJAN has a delegates from France and the U.S. - New York City, Twin Cities-Minnesota, and Chicago - participating in the Gaza Freedom March.
In addition, IJAN Bay Area and Toronto are participating in local Gaza anniversary actions and marches in solidarity with the 50,000 Palestinians marching in Gaza on December 31st.
Gaza Anniversary Statement
Resistance and solidarity can be repressed but their spirit stays strong
Sunday, December 27, 2009
At the one-year anniversary of its brutal attack on Gaza, Israel and its allies continue to reveal their disregard for human life, freedom and dignity.
• After closing and controlling its borders, Israel brutally bombed and then invaded Gaza—leaving 1,417 Palestinians dead including 313 children and youth.
• Since the attack, which destroyed houses, wells, factories, schools, hospitals, police stations and other public buildings, the blockade has created conditions for genocide through contamination of water supplies due to white phosphorous, raw sewage pouring into the sea, and the prevention of food, medical, and other humanitarian supplies from entering Gaza. People living in Gaza are already feeling the terrible long term effects including a huge increase in birth defects and in cancers especially in children.
• As the siege and blockade of Gaza continues, Israel escalates its theft of land and home demolition in East Jerusalem—forcibly evicting or demolishing the homes of more than 600 Palestinian people in East Jerusalem and other parts of the West Bank this year, half of them children.
• Israel continues to build and police its Apartheid Wall as part of carving up and repressing the West Bank for purposes of military control, land theft and the control of Palestinian water supplies.
• And, inside of Israel, spearheaded by the Jewish National Fund, land and water theft continues, as Bedouins and solidarity activists resist the call for direct removal of the 70,000 Bedouin occupants from their land in the Negev.
As a result, Israel has faced international condemnation. Its barbaric assault on Gaza was met with mass demonstrations across the globe. Its barbarity has inspired humanitarian efforts to break the siege, calls for prosecution and the issuance of warrants for the arrest of Israeli war criminals, and the breaking of diplomatic ties by Venezuela, Bolivia, and Mauritania.(read more...)
Statement of Solidarity with the Palestinian General Strike
Thursday, October 01, 2009
the long tradition of Jewish working class involvement in and support
for liberation struggles, IJAN-Labor stands in solidarity with the High
Follow-up Committee for the Arab Citizens of Israel, the National
Committee of Local Authorities, and all parties, movements and
institutions of Palestinian civil society in Israel, who have called a
general strike for today, October 1, 2009.
This strike marks the ninth anniversary of the Jerusalem and Al Aqsa Day in October 2000 when Israeli authorities massacred 13 Palestinian protesters. The killers have never been brought to justice.
IJAN-Labor also welcomes the Trades Union Congress (U.K.) resolution of 17 September, which endorses the growing movement for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israeli apartheid, and calls for reconsideration of the TUC's relationship with the Histadrut, the Zionist labor federation whose latest crime was to support Israel's attacks on Gaza.
IJAN’s First Year
Thursday, September 17, 2009
As we approach the first anniversary of the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network (IJAN), we remember the anniversary of Sabra and Shatila and over 61 years of Palestinian struggle against ethnic cleansing. We are reminded that the latest siege and blockade of Gaza is part of this ongoing colonization of Palestine. Through our actions over this anniversary we intend to honor the second intifada, which reignited the international solidarity movement from which our network emerged.
The anniversary also falls during the Jewish High Holidays. For some of us, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are a time for reflection and atonement for the individual and collective injustices we have committed or that happen in our name. Through taking collective responsibility we seek greater justice not only in Palestine, but throughout the world as well.(read more...)
Open Letter in Support of Gaza Freedom March
Tuesday, September 08, 2009
Out of the delegation to Gaza that CODEPINK led in May came the idea to organize a large march through Gaza, with a significant international presence including well-known personalities. In the spirit of non-violent direct action, the march would challenge the appalling and inhumane siege of Gaza. The idea, which immediately captured the imagination of many organizers, was the brainchild of Norman Finkelstein. We are truly grateful for Prof. Finkelstein's creative thinking and willingness to put forward big ideas that generate enthusiasm and engagement.
However, after the initial call, the framework of the march was challenged by highly-respected Palestinian activists, Omar Barghouti from Jerusalem, and Haidar Eid from the Gaza. Their criticism, expressed with the utmost respect for the courage and good will of the organizers, challenged the organizers' decision to delay engaging in a wide conversation with Palestinian civil society and activists until after the call was made and the framework formulated. As Barghouti and Eid noted, that also led to a number of problems with the framework and the call. The call failed to provide historical context to the current siege, barely referred to the occupation, and picked and chose from the history of Palestinian non-violent resistance. It also used language that inadvertently reflected Israeli propaganda strategies, isolating Palestinians in Gaza from their counterparts in the West Bank, East Jerusalem, Israel, and the Diaspora.
Ultimately, these criticisms led to a compromise that satisfied both the Palestinian critics and most of the initial organizers. This compromise was reflected in a "context document" that is now part of the call. We welcome the concerns of prominent Palestinian activists who represent significant grassroots organizing. We see in the exchange, negotiation and outcome a model example of how work of solidarity can deepen and improve through giving full attention to honest and constructive criticism from those most impacted by the horrors we are challenging.
We have read the "context document" and express our full support for the march based on the revised call.
Entertaining Apartheid Israel Deserves No Amnesty!
Open Letter to Amnesty International
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Statement of Solidarity for the Tayyar International Conference
Saturday, June 27, 2009
The Tayyar International Conference has been organized as part of the founding process of the Progressive National Democratic Movement (PNDM - Tayyar). The Tayyar was initiated as a positive response to the need to reform the Palestinian political system to continue the battle of national liberation and independence, and to effectively defend their legitimate rights and human dignities. Its members are from diverse backgrounds and are working within their parties or as independent activists on community and national levels. The Tayyar sides with the issues of the workers, the peasants and the poor, it struggles with the sons and daughters of our people’s middle class, and it joins forces with all those who fight corruption, which affects the interests of the overwhelming majority of our people. The Tayyar is part of the Arab and international anti-imperialist and anti-Zionist movement for a new global order. More information can be found at http://tayyar-internationalconference.blogspot.com/2009/06/declaration-of-establishment-of.html .
IJAN has submitted to the conference the following statement of support:
The International Jewish anti-Zionist Network (IJAN) is a growing network of Jews whose identities are not based on Zionism but on long histories of Jewish participation in liberation struggles from Eastern Europe and Iraq to Brooklyn. IJAN's solidarity with this conference reflects our commitment to these legacies and to our participation in current struggles against racism, colonization, and imperialism. Central to this commitment is solidarity with Arab liberation struggles against US imperialism and Zionism.
More specifically, we stand in solidarity with Tayyar's commitment to resistance and liberation through "a national progressive democratic project based on pluralism, tolerance, and openness in a society which believes in social justice, equality between men and women as well as respect for human rights and personal and collective democratic freedoms." We support this historic effort to overcome the externally orchestrated divisions of Palestinian society between people living in the West Bank, Gaza, East Jerusalem, inside of Israel and in Diaspora.(read more...)
IJAN condemns the attempt to derail the Durban Review process
Monday, April 27, 2009
We are appalled by the concerted effort, led by Israeli officials, Zionist organizations and apologists, to derail the Durban Review Conference. We condemn the use of the memory of the Nazi genocide, as Jewish organizations did during the Durban Review week, in the defense of Israel's systematic domination and ethnic cleansing of Palestinians. We are shocked by the cynical pretense of defending human rights, for example in Darfur and Rwanda, by organizations and groups that are only interested in silencing Palestinian demands for accountability and redress and have no serious commitment to human rights. The brazen exploitation of genocides and racialized violence in Africa for the purpose of protecting and extending colonial domination in Palestine is itself an instance of colonial racism. It is only tolerated due to the strength of racism inside the institutions of global governance.
Racism is one of the legacies of colonialism and a fundamental injustice in societies all over the world. The World Conference Against Racism in Durban 2001 took a belated small step toward recognizing the impact of colonialism and racism on Africa and initiating a global discussion about the crime of slavery and the need for restitution; it also addressed many other instances of racism that must be addressed. It is beyond obvious to us that a conference about racism, and especially a conference that seeks to address the legacy of colonial oppression, must discuss Israel, since Israel is a settler-colonial state that systematically oppresses and denies basic human rights to millions of Palestinians. Israel's attempt to derail this important conference in order to avoid being examined and called to account is an affront against all the victims of racism all over the world, including the six million Jews who perished in the Nazi genocide.(read more...)
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United Against Apartheid, Colonialism and Occupation - Dignity & Justice for the Palestinian People
Israel Review Conference
Tuesday, April 07, 2009 Geneva, 18-19 April 2009
United Against Racism, Dignity & Justice for All - is the slogan of the United Nations' Durban Review Conference to be held in Geneva between 20 and 24 April 2009.
United Against Apartheid, Colonialism and Occupation, Dignity & Justice for the Palestinian People - is the slogan of those who believe that international law can and should become relevant for the people and governments in the Middle East.
The Israel Review Conference
The Israel Review Conference will take place in Geneva on 18 - 19 April, two days before the United Nations' Durban Review Conference will examine the progress made in implementation of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action (DDPA) adopted by the World Conference Against Racism (2001) and strengthen its recommendations.
The Israel Review Conference will bring together internationally renowned experts and actors for social and political justice who will:
- examine how the UN anti-racism instruments apply to Israel's policies and practices regarding the Palestinian people; and,
- develop practical recommendations on how to make Israel accountable to international law and protect the rights of the Palestinian people.
The second day of the conference will be reserved for self-organized
workshops and planning meetings of the global Campaign for Boycott,
Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel until it complies with
IJAN will be organizing a panel on the Jewish National Fund campaign with Habitat International Coalition, the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Committee and the Palestinian BNC as well as a panel with United Against Racism on building joint struggle across grassroots movements and Palestine liberation in the United States.
The Israel Review Conference is open to the public. It will be held at the Hotel Le Grenil, Avenue Sainte-Clotilde 7, 1205 Geneva.
For more information, updates, and a detailed program of the conference, please visit:
The Israel-Review Conference is sponsored by the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee (BNC) in cooperation with the:
- European Coordinating Committee on Palestine (ECCP)
- International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network (IJAN)
- International Coordinating Network on Palestine (ICNP)
To register online, visit: http://israelreview.bdsmovement.net/node/29
Note: The Israel Review Conference is open to the general public. The purpose of this registration is to help the organizers in planning for the conference.
From Warsaw to Gaza: Memory and Responsibility
Monday 20 April 2009, 19:00, Uni Mail Salle MS150
April 19 is the date commemorating the uprising of the Warsaw ghetto in 1943; on April 20, the World Conference Against Racism begins. In conjunction with these two events, we are organizing this public discussion in order to encourage, with the help of our panelists, a reflection on the exploitation of those Jews who were murdered in the Nazi genocide in service of the continued colonization of Palestine. This discussion will include reflections on our responsibilities towards this memory as well as to Palestinian resistance to the ethnic cleansing that is justified in the name of this memory.
Monday, April 06, 2009
Please support us in sending delegations of anti-racist activists to the World Conference Against Racism. On April 20-24, Geneva will host the Durban Review Conference (DRC),
an evaluation of the progress made in implementing the Durban
Declaration and Program of Action (DDPA) adopted by the World
Conference against Racism in 2001.
United States, Canada, and Israel have withdrawn from the Durban
Review, despite the participation of all other UN member states as well
as hundred's of advocacy and activist organizations. Their withdrawal
is based a claim that it is "antisemitic" to challenge Israel on its
undeniably racist policies - a central issue at the Durban Review. The
US boycott is also based on a refusal to participate in conversations
about reparations to African Americans for slavery. This highlights the
relationships between the United States and Israel-one of a shared
commitment to maintaining State exploitation and repression of people
based on race for the purposes of continuing to secure economic,
military and political dominance.
false claims are an attempt to circumvent the growing criticism and
condemnation of Israel's utter disregard for international law, human
rights, and humanity. Furthermore, they allow the Canadian and United
States' governments to avoid processes designed to hold them
accountable. By not attending, they leave unanswered the demands made
of them in 2001 for reparations and amends for their own histories of
colonization of indigenous people and land, slavery and on-going
discrimination against African Americans, and the targeting of
We are supporting a delegation of eight organizers - anti-Zionist Jews, African Americans and Palestinians - to challenge the US boycott against the conference and expose the relationship between the US support for Israel and its own deep history and practice of racism. To challenge a strong Zionist presence being mobilized in Geneva, we are also supporting a European delegation of anti-Zionist Jews to protest the boycott of the conference based on the inclusion of Palestinian rights. This will also is an opportunity for us to further build IJAN's work in the region.
The Zionist protest of this conference and denial of Israel's accountability for its racist policies and practices is well resourced. Our resources are few but our voice and organizing is critical at this international forum and in this historic moment. Click here to support us in making these delegations possible.
International Holocaust Remembrance Day 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
How does the city sit solitary, that was full of people! How is she become as a widow!...
She weeps sore into the night, and her tears are on her cheeks:
among all who loved her she has none to comfort her.
(Book of Lamentations)
Last week, after murdering 1400 people – of whom 400 were children – after bombing hospitals and mosques, schools, universities and humanitarian supplies, and tens of thousand of homes, Israel declared a cease-fire. A shameful parade of European leaders immediately went to Jerusalem to embrace the mass murderers and to pledge their support for the continuing siege of Gaza.
The primary purpose of this massacre was to break the spirit of the Palestinian people until they surrender and accept their fate as lesser human beings. As former Chief of Staff Moshe Yaalon said in 2002, "The Palestinians must be made to understand in the deepest recesses of their consciousness that they are a defeated people." European leaders support this goal, as did previous U.S. administrations, as do the ruling elites of Egypt, Jordan and Saudi-Arabia, despite the fury of their peoples. We wait to see if the freshly inaugurated Obama Administration will break with sixty long years of attack on the Palestinian people armed and financed by the U.S. and Europe.
We grieve with the people of Gaza. We see the faces of the children, of the women and the men; we hear their voices. We also hear the silence of the leaders of Western countries, intermittently broken by evasive platitudes. And we are reminded of the time when the world turned a blind eye while our forebears, our families, were slaughtered.
100,000 Palestinians were made homeless in Gaza this month. Most of them became refugees in 1948 when they were expelled at gunpoint from their towns and villages. Now they are homeless again, even in their land of exile, and at risk of being driven out from Palestine altogether.
Yet on January 27, Holocaust Remembrance Day, the leaders of the U.S. and Europe will be joined in honoring the memory of our dead. Even as we seek to remember and to honor the immensity of that loss, we struggle to find words to convey the hypocrisy of these ceremonies, in which those who are silent today pay homage to the victims of yesterday’s silence.
The radical Jewish writer Walter Benjamin, who died while fleeing the Nazis, wrote, "not even the dead will be safe from the enemy, if he is victorious. And this enemy has not ceased to be victorious." The Third Reich was defeated, and yet, "the enemy has not ceased to be victorious." Racism, mass murder, and genocide continue to be accepted tools of statecraft. Even our dead are not safe. They have been called up, disturbed, dredged from their mass graves and forced to testify against their fellow human beings in pain, to confess a hatred that was alien to them and to offer themselves up as justification for a new cycle of suffering in Palestine. Their ghosts have been enlisted to help displace fellow Jews from Arab homelands, and to bequeath to them that same alien hatred, conscripting those of us descending from Arab lands to become enemies of our own memory and past.
The Jewish British MP Gerald Kaufman spoke in anguish while the massacres in Gaza were taking place: "My grandmother did not die to provide cover for Israeli soldiers murdering Palestinian grandmothers in Gaza." We share and echo that refusal. Let not the memory of Jews murdered by the Nazi regime serve as cover for the attempted destruction of the Palestinian people!
Although the guns are relatively silent, this genocidal assault on the Palestinian people isn’t over. The siege, the lack of food and fresh water, the disease-threatening broken sewage system, and economic collapse and humanitarian crisis persist in Gaza with the full support of the U.S., Europe and the Egyptian government. As the siege of Gaza continues, so does the slow ethnic cleansing of the West Bank and East Jerusalem, the home demolitions, the building of the apartheid wall, the settlement build-up, the economic devastation of the towns and villages strangled by checkpoints, the assault on Palestinian neighborhoods in Jaffa, Akka, Lydda, the Galilee and the Negev, the mass imprisonment of Palestinians (over 11,000), and all the large and small ways by which Israel is seeking to crush the spirit and erase the presence of the Palestinian people in their homeland.
Faced with the threat of annihilation in Europe, Jews resisted. From ghettos to concentration camps and within countries under occupation, Jews led resistance to the Nazi regime. Today, from the ghetto of Gaza to the Bantustans of the West Bank and from the neighborhoods of Jaffa and Akka to cities across the globe, Palestinians resist Israel’s attempt to destroy them as a people. On January 27th, honoring the memory of our dead is for us inseparable from honoring more than sixty years of Palestinian survival and resistance. Only when the Palestinian people regain their freedom will the dead rest safely. Then we will all celebrate another victory for life.(read more...)